We have some numerical evidence on the effects of the bike lanes on vehicle traffic on 12th Avenue in the Beltline.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi says it now takes an extra two- to two-and-a-half minutes to get from 14th Street to Macleod Trail.
“Council at some point, actually at the end of this year, will have to say “is that a worthwhile sacrifice?”” Nenshi said in an interview with Angela Kokott on News Talk 770’s Calgary Today last week. “We’re getting some fewer cars on the road because people are biking and we are reducing some congestion while creating some other congestion and that’s the answer that we have to make a balance on.”
Nenshi adds they are seeing solid use of the bike lanes on all roadways, with the only exception being 8th Avenue, which is below projections.
He says the goal of the pilot project was to see bike use triple in the downtown over the year.
Nenshi also took issue with one caller’s comments about how no one uses the lanes and we should be spending more money on roads.
“If you don’t use the bike lanes, don’t use the bike lanes, but don’t tell other people that they can’t have the right to do that either,” Nenshi said, also alluding to the fact this winter has been very good for cycling, with only a few snowy days.